Projects

Mixed Affective States and the Fundamental Challenge of Persuasion

In this project, we highlight affect's key role in motivation and illustrate the utility of using Latent Profile Analysis as a means to identify the four distinct affective states we argue are relevant to motivation...

Religion, Nationality, and Empathetic Responses to Refugees

Is empathetic media effective in shifting readers’ attitudes toward refugee policies? Do emotional responses differ between individuals who are exposed to accounts of refugees with different religions and national origins? To shed light on these questions, we present the results of two recent survey experiments conducted in the United Kingdom to explore these questions...

Changing Hearts and Minds? Why media messages designed to foster empathy often fail

Politicians and social activists frequently employ media designed to ``change hearts and minds'' by humanizing outgroups. These messages, it is assumed, lead to empathy, which motivates individuals to reconsider punitive policy attitudes...

Motive Attribution and Counter-Terror Policy

This project investigates how reported perceptions about terrorists’ motives for violence influence citizens’ attitudes towards counter-terrorism...

Self-Image Maintenance Motivation (SIMM) and outgroup prejudice

This paper introduces a measure created in social psychology for other purposes that we suggest measures one of the key processes motivating outgroup discrimination, and as such should explain variation in individuals’ standing tendencies to oppose outgroups. The measure we propose is a measure of an individual’s Self-Image Maintenance Motivation (SIMM)....